We didn't get nearly what they predicted (though south of us they're still shoveling), but it was absolutely stunning outside when we awoke this morning.  The snow/sleet mix was just sticky enough to coat the world in a layer of white beauty with the black, wet bark to add relief.  Add to that a little... Continue Reading →

Making Merry

We spent a few days before the Christmas at my brother's house with his family, creating all kinds of holiday chaos, of the sweetest kind. We arrived back in Maine on the Solstice in time for a new local tradition of an outdoor candle-lit gathering of cider, readings, and tree decorating at a local trail... Continue Reading →

‘Tis the Season

For snowmen (and stomach bugs unfortunately) and Advent.  We are not religious, but celebrate this season with crafting, giving, kindness, baking, and all sorts of holiday family fun. A few of the highlights so far: The kids and I handed out candy canes with messages of cheer and taped quarters to all of the candy/sticker machines... Continue Reading →

Birthday Boy

    My baby turned 7 last week.  It was a simple, sweet gathering with some extended family, Star Wars, egg sandwiches, and ice cream cake.  It was the last hurrah with family visiting from the West Coast, a sort of close to the busy Thanksgiving festivities.  His birthday celebration, occurring right at Thanksgiving (occasionally... Continue Reading →


Purinton Thanksgiving, 2016 This is the first holiday in many many years that nearly my entire family has gathered together as one.  Five siblings and their partners,  11 grandchildren, and my mother all together at my sister's farm.  I am so thankful for all of these individuals.  We are a loud bunch, to be sure,... Continue Reading →

What we’ve been up to…

Apple Harvest As usual, a busy real life leads to a quiet online presence (as it should). In an attempt to record our days this past season, here's one straight up,  marathon post on our work/play this Autumn: Two days a week all of the kids have been participating in PlayWorks, a homeschool enrichment program.... Continue Reading →

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